On­line me­dia can’t pub­lish un­ver­i­fied con­tents

China Daily (Canada) - - NEWS CAPSULE -

On­line me­dia bas­ing news re­ports on con­tents made on so­cial me­dia must ver­ify them be­fore pub­li­ca­tion, China’s in­ter­net reg­u­la­tor said.

News web­sites must ac­credit th­ese sources, and they are banned from fab­ri­cat­ing sto­ries or dis­tort­ing facts, ac­cord­ing to a no­tice is­sued by the Cy­berspace Ad­min­is­tra­tion of China (CAC).

“All web­sites should bear the key re­spon­si­bil­ity to fur­ther stream­line the course of re­port­ing and pub­lish­ing of news, and set up a sound in­ter­nal mon­i­tor­ing mech­a­nism among all mo­bile news por­tals [and the so­cial me­dia chat web­sites] Weibo or WeChat,” Xin­hua re­ported the di­rec­tive as say­ing.

The CAC or­dered its re­gional sub­or­di­nates to fully ful­fil their du­ties on the ba­sis of con­tent man­age­ment, strengthen su­per­vi­sion and in­spec­tion, and se­verely pun­ish fake news or news that de­vi­ated from the facts.

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